Is Anybody There? Midland Town Hall Ghosts

I AM writing in relation to your front-page article in last week’s edition headlined “Ghost of a chance”.

In the words of comedian Jimmy Carr “It is actually easy to tell if your house is haunted. It isn’t”. I think it is safe to assume that this can equally be applied to town halls.

I note from the article that the organiser of Shanks Pony Tours, Ms Patty Williams, has arranged for Mr Ben Hansen (paranormal investigator) to visit Midland Town Hall and that, surprisingly, Mr Hansen said that while he had never actually seen a ghost, he had “heard voices” while at the Town Hall.

I further note that Mr Hansen plans to return to Perth next year – at which time he will presumably issue his “verdict”.

I do have some reservations about the bona fides of Mr Hansen. A perusal of his website suggests that, notwithstanding his FBI background, he is more of an entertainer than an objective observer.

In the unlikely event that Mr Hansen eventually concludes there is no evidence of paranormal activity in Midland Town Hall, does Ms Williams intend to refund the entry fees that she has charged for her tours for the past three years to all the customers?

Perhaps the Swan Chamber of Commerce (who gave Shanks Pony Tours a customer service award at the Swan Chamber of Commerce Awards) could contribute to such compensation.

If, as is more likely in my opinion, Mr Hansen confirms evidence of paranormal goings-on, I would encourage Ms Williams to claim her prize from one of the numerous organisations that offer substantial sums of money for demonstration, under controlled conditions, of paranormal activities.

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